The last quarantine has not been lifted yet and the quarantine period has
run over time. Unfortunately, the relevant veterinary departments were
unable to attend to our request to test our samples over the holiday period.
The process is now in motion and we expect samples to be tested soon.
The pigeons are however all in good health and we have made some
adjustments at the race loft with extra netting to help settle these older
In the meantime, the pigeons will start the main body moult in the next 2
weeks with Northern Hemisphere birds approximately 2 weeks behind. During
this period, we will be doing loft flying, basket training and short
orientation flights. When the bulk of the pigeons are through the body moult
at the end of March / early April we will increase the work rate and toss
distance in preparation for the fierce competition which will take place
from May to July.
Missing Birds Offer
We have had enquiries about purchasing “For Sale Pigeons” to top up teams
where pigeons are missing.
We have decided to allow this because the final quarantine has not
finished, and fanciers are unable to ship replacements at this late stage.
Normally For Sale Birds are activated as Venture Pigeons with reserves. This
helps us raise money for the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust.
If you are interested in For Sale Birds in order to top up a team with
missing birds they can be bought for $25 each. This does not form part of
the activation fee. All the proceeds of the sale of the birds will go to the
Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust. The activation fee is as per the rules being
$950 per pigeon. If the bird forms part of a 5-bird team and all birds are
paid for by 31 January then the fancier can get the advertised discount.
Any pigeon bought will fly in the name of the buyer and all rights to the
pigeon and any winnings and sale proceeds will be for the buyer provided
that the activation fee is paid. If the pigeon is not activated by the
Final Race then the flyer will lose all rights to that bird or birds.
Any pigeon selected under this offer will be done by VFWC staff and no
guarantee is given on the performance or survival of any bird chosen. No
pedigrees will be given unless the bird is selected to go to PIPA for sale
after the final.
This offer expires on 31st January and any pigeon bought after this date
“For Sale pigeon” will have to be bought under the rules applicable to
“Venture Racers” advertised on our
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